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The best coast-to-coast Muslim newspaper in the United States.

  • Depression: the hidden illness in your family?

    Depression: the hidden illness in your family?

    By Sara M. Abdulla AtlantaMuslim.com I always loved Anila, my older sister. So did the rest of our family. But no one knew how to deal with her. When she was in the third grade she asked Mama, Wouldn’t it be nice to go to sleep one day and simply never wake up? Mama said Anila was too

  • Medicinal secrets of the ancient Sufi healers

    Medicinal secrets of the ancient Sufi healers

    By Faisal Masood and Sabiha Ansari Born in Senegal and raised in France, Magatte Wade is currently Founder and CEO of her second company, Tiossan, “the only US brand that is inspired by medicinal secrets of the ancient Sufi healers,” Magatte, who identifies as a Sufi Muslim, proudly states. She has been named Young Global

  • If Trump can track Muslims, close Mosques, what can he do to You?

    If Trump can track Muslims, close Mosques, what can he do to You?

    By Juan Cole  Informed Comment GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump, having said earlier that he might seek to close down mosques if he were president, on Thursday went further and said he would implement a registration and tracking database for Muslim-Americans. Rabbi Jack Moline of the Interfaith Alliance pointed out that the Nazis made Jews register.

  • AJC recognizes Jewish-Arab partnership

    By TMO reporter The American Jewish Committee (AJC), a global Jewish Advocacy group, held its Community Leadership Award Dinner honoring Brenda Naomi Rosenberg, who is a community leader and a peace activist. Kari L. Alterman, AJC Detroit Regional Director, welcomed Rosenberg and thanked all the donors and participants. Religious leaders from different faith performed the

  • Celebrities you didn’t know are Muslim

    Celebrities you didn’t know are Muslim

    By Carissa D. Lamkahouan TMO Contributing Writer The cult of celebrity is oftentimes strange and evokes fascination along with a myriad of other emotions. Mix in religion, particularly the Muslim faith, and the level of interest increases. Here in the United States, we are often curious about those who convert to a religion different than

  • For Syrian refugees, faith groups want a US welcome mat

    For Syrian refugees, faith groups want a US welcome mat

    Lauren Markoe   Religion News Service Religious groups are pushing back against a wave of opposition toward Syrian refugees and working to preserve the U.S. as a haven for them. “We’re really in emergency mode,” said Jen Smyers, director of policy and advocacy for the Immigration and Refugee Program at Church World Service, one of the nine

  • Do you celebrate Thanksgiving?

    Do you celebrate Thanksgiving?

    By Laura Fawaz TMO Contributing Reporter Metro-Detroit, MI–As Muslims living in America, this holiday season means many things.  But there is one question we get every year. “Do you celebrate Thanksgiving?” What many people do not realize is that this is actually a question based on one’s family traditions versus just being Muslim. Though Thanksgiving

  • Turkey shoots down Russian plane prompting fears of war

    Turkey shoots down Russian plane prompting fears of war

    By Tulay Karadeniz and Maria Kiselyova Reuters ANKARA/MOSCOW – Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday, saying it had repeatedly violated its air space, one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a NATO member country and Russia for half a century. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the plane had been attacked

  • Egypt’s Sisi signals shift toward Muslim Brotherhood

    By Sahar Aziz The Conversation During what was otherwise an ordinary diplomatic visit to the United Kingdom at the beginning of November, Egypt’s President Sisi signaled a significant shift in Egyptian domestic policy and regional politics. After an aggressive three-year crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, Sisi publicly stated that the Muslim Brotherhood “are part of Egypt and

  • The University of Missouri is Not Unique —On the National Racial Climate in Higher Education Today

    By Amer F. Ahmed Ummah Wide The recent student activism and turmoil regarding the racial climate at the University of Missouri has brought tremendous attention to the activism of students regarding the racial climate on campus and the resignation of its president and chancellor. In much of the media coverage, the questions raised are often

  • Why Paris?

    Why Paris?

      By Ian Coller The Conversation Why Paris? I am struggling for answers after cold-blooded mass killers struck the French capital for the second time in a year. For a few months I lived next door to the Le Carillon bar in the Rue Bichat. I wandered home along the canal, enjoying the lively chatter

  • ‘Muslims are not more violent than people of other religions’

    ‘Muslims are not more violent than people of other religions’

    By Juan Cole Informed Comment Contrary to what is alleged by bigots like Bill Maher, Muslims are not more violent than people of other religions. Murder rates in most of the Muslim world are very low compared to the United States. As for political violence, people of Christian heritage in the twentieth century polished off

  • If a gunman enters your mosque …

    If a gunman enters your mosque …

    By Edward Ahmed Mitchell AtlantaMuslim.com Run if you can. Hide if you can’t. Fight if you must. That was some of the advice offered by the Justice Department during its Protecting Houses of Worship Security Summit in Atlanta last month. Georgia’s top federal prosecutors joined an agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation to discuss

  • Ibrahim Abdul-Matin appointed director of Living Future Institute

    NEW YORK,NY– The International Living Future Institute recently announced that Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, Director of Community Affairs at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, has been appointed to the Institute’s Board of Directors. Abdul-Matin works to make sure that New York City residents have a responsive government that helps bring water to their homes and takes their wastewater away.

  • Norwalk mosque finds permanent home

    NORWALK,CT–The Al Madany Islamic Center of Norwalk has found a permanent home. The mosque announced last week that it has purchased the property of a former Episcopal Church for $1.65 million. According to a statement released by Al Madany, “Norwalk’s Muslim community traces its roots to the early 1970s, originally meeting for nearly 30 years

  • Saman Khan named  top education support pro

    HILLSBOROUGH, NJ–Saman Khan has been named the 2015 Educational Support Professional of the Year” by the Hillsborough Education Association. The award honors the role that dedicated professionals perform in the Hillsborough school community. Each year, colleagues nominate some of the many praiseworthy ESP staff members. “Hillsborough is fortunate to have numerous education support professionals deserving of

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